Today in digital technology we were given the problem of creating a tool that shows the noise level in our classroom. We used the program scratch. Here we are busily creating and coding! What a great invention!
Today we went to the Old Treasury Building and Parliament House. The Old Treasury was designed by nineteen-year-old architect JJ Clark. It is a grand building showing the wealth that was in Victoria during the Gold Rush Years. This is one of the rooms we saw. We also went to Parliament House where the Laws that affect Victoria are made and are passed. We learnt about the two houses- The Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council.
We would love to hear your thoughts about the laws we have. Did you know that anyone can suggest that laws should be changed or introduced? Is there a law that you think we as Victorians should have? We would love to hear your opinions. Please post here!
What a wonderful day it was for St Charles Borromeo and St Kevin’s, joining to celebrate with the Templestowe Parish the Sacrament of Confirmation. Monsignor Greg Bennet celebrated with Father Gerry this wonderful Sacrament. We congratulate all candidates and their families for making this commitment in our Catholic church. We pray for all of these young people as they decide how to use the Gifts and the Fruits of the Spirit they received at Baptism.
What message would you give these young people? Post your messages here!
We wrote our reflections about camp. Some of our thoughts are about the activities we did, the challenges we had, what we learnt about ourselves and our friends. Even though we thought camp was awesome, some of did feel that some activities were better than others. Why don’t you read our reflections and really find out what we thought!
Click here to view the Google Doc.
Why should we remember the ANZAC’s? What does this day mean to the young people at St Charles? The 5/6 students believe it is about Freedom, Courage, Bravery, Determination, Resilience, Honour, Fear and Gratitude! These are our reflections. Tell us what you think.
In 5/6 this term, we have discussed the influences on our Identity as individuals. We have explored how the groups we belong to enable us to become who we are, how we interact with others and how our values and beliefs are determined by those who are closest to us. The visual representations below are how we interpreted the big question, “who influences me?” “How am I influenced? ”
We are also investigating global trends that influence the values, beliefs and health of individuals and groups in our comunity. we used the thinking routing- CHALK TALK. In this routine we had silent conversations by writing down our ideas and responding to the ideas of others in a respectful silent conversation. here are some of our ideas. some trends we have started thinking about are: social media, over spending on un-essential goods, people living longer and longer and the urban sprawl- people moving into the bigger city centres.
What Global Trends do you think impact on the values, beliefs and health of individuals and groups in our communities? We would love to hear your opinions. Help us to understand these trends better!
It was a privilege to have hosted the first school class assembly today. Below is what we presented to the school community. Congratulations to all of the students in 5/6SC for writing your own scripts and presenting the information with confidence. The 2017 school leaders presented their first awards and what a job – well done! You all spoke clearly and with enthusiasm.
We would love to hear what you have to say about our assembly!
Thanks to Fabian who worked on the Google Slide, at home, throughout the week.
Leave a comment below and tell us what you are looking forward to in 2017?
The start of any new school year is exciting getting to know all of our classmates. In 5/6SC we have started the year with huge enthusiasm and excitement. this past week we have been involved in tasks to get to know each other. Below is a snapshot of what we have been doing.
We had our first Library session with Mrs Demos and she spoke to us about the borrowing procedures and library protocols.We borrowed books around the themes of families and relationships.
It is going to be a fabulous year!
In 3/4S we had a challenge to wrap up Christmas presents to save paper. We started with a 3x3x3 cube and problem solved the possibilities of wrapping the cube without overlapping paper.
Some of us found 9 different ways of wrapping paper without overlapping. We wonder how many different ways you can find.
It was fun and challenging. Anthony thought it was a little frustrating when you thought it was going to work but it didn’t because it was a reflection of another net.
Jack thought that once you got into the thinking it became easier to find the combinations.
Ava and Stephanie thought that working together was a plus.
For Maths today we made 6 pointed snowflakes. We made them out of A4 paper. Instead of having 90 degree angles we had to fold our paper to get 60 degree angles.
Usually when we make snowflakes we make them with 4 points – this is because we fold to have right angles.
Can you work out how to fold with 60 degree angles to make a 6 pointed snowflake?
Passion Projects are fun. We could choose anything that interested us around the topic Australian Flora and Fauna. we researched what really gave us a buzz. We presented out work in small groups last Friday. The topics were so different.
Here are a few topics we investigated: Aussie Birds, Endangered Australian Animals, Introduced Species into Australia, Bulldog Rat, Endangered Birds & Native Animals.
We shared our projects and taught our classmates what we learnt. We learnt so much from each other. Best way to Learn!
As part of the Robotics Unit the Year 3 /4 level has been given a challenge by Mr C. They have to program their Sphero to do some interesting dance moves before they perform at the disco competition. We had great fun programming our dancers to roll, jump, turn, spin and strobe. Watch these movements. Next time we have to add the music. Hope you like this. WE LOVED IT!
The 3/4 SC class had a real life maths problems to solve. How would you share two apples amongst three friends?
To model this new learning, we brought the apples into class and set the scene. We had to think about how to equally portion the pieces, what to do so that all three friends get the same amount of equal pieces. By cutting each of the apples in half, we immediately saw that each friend would get at least 1/2 an apple each. But what to do with the rest?
Here are some photos of us modelling the process. What would you do NOW? Let us know and then we tell you how we solved this problem.
Have you ever made an Egg Drop Lander? At the 3 /4 level we have extended our learning on Space by investigating the concept of gravity. To apply what we have learnt about how objects are pulled into the centre of Earth by the force of Gravity, we have made an Egg Drop Lander. As part of this project we collaborated with a learning partner in designing and producing the lander.
Here are some engineers at work.
We will launch and TEST the Egg Lander soon. We wonder if our designs will keep the raw egg safe and land in one piece.
The children of the Parish making their First Holy Communion gathered at Holy Cross to reflect upon the Sacrament before receiving the Eucharist for the first time. It was wonderful to see the children of St Charles, St Kevin’s and the Parish interact respectfully and willingly with each other. Here are a few photos of the day.
Pray for these children and their families. Maybe you may like to reflect on the time when you made your first holy communion and post here! How did you feel?
Starlab an inflatable dome, came to St Charles last Friday. The 3/4 level was treated to an exciting incursion where we were lucky to see the night sky, constellation graphics, and Earth maps in the Starlab Cosmodome.
We learnt about the size of the Sun which keeps Earth warm and enables all living things to continue living. Did you know that there are other bodies in the universe that are much bigger and larger that the sun? The images below show this.
Did you also know that August is one of the best months of the year to observe the night sky? During August we can see some of the planets with the naked eye- that is without telescopes. During the last week of August you will be able to see Mars, Saturn, and the red star Antares. On August 27 you will be be lucky enough to see both Venus and Jupiter as they come together. this will not occur again until the year 2065. So why not go out and see what you can see in the night sky? Let us know what you observe.
In 3/4 we learning about our amazing universe. these past two weeks we have investigated the Sun, Moon, Earth System. We have made working models of the system where the Earth spins and orbits the Sun, and the Moon orbiting the Earth.
Paige: The Earth is 100 times smaller than the Sun.
Lucas: The Moon orbits around the Earth, The Earth orbits around the Sun. it takes the Earth a year to orbit around the sun.
Alessia P: the Earth is four times larger than the Sun.
Stephanie: The Earth spins around the sun, while the Moon rotates around the Earth.
In 3/4 we have been reading and writing poems. One of our favourites is by Roald Dahl, The Dentist and the Crocodile.
We have been busy learning about poetic techniques;
Similes, Alliteration, Onomatopoeia, Rhyme, Repetition and Imagery.
We have written our own poems and we had our own recital in our library.
We illustrated our poems using collage techniques.
We learnt some card tricks from Alexis. She was a great teacher, very patient and even roved around the room helping us master the tricks. Watch Alexis at work.
We have been learning about angles. Engineers use many angles in their drawings and designs to make them different, safe and interesting. We designed many buildings. How many angles can you find in our buildings?
Can you find ACUTE, OBTUSE, RIGHT ANGLES, REFLEX, and REVOLUTIONS?
Which Buildings would you like in your backyard? Click onto the picture and view our slide show.
This challenge is for all of the budding historians. Last year we had a few entries in this competition. Here it is again!
The theme this year is Triumph or Tragedy in Democracy? The National History Challenge is an exciting opportunity for primary students (Year F-6) to engage with history in a creative way. The use of imaginative formatting and presentation is highly encouraged.
Do you have an opinion on the topic? Why don’t you check it out on this website. http://historychallenge.org.au/
Let me know if you want to enter the challenge. We will put in an application!
The 3/4 level has had some interesting and notable visitors to the classrooms this week. Have you heard of these people; Mary Wade, Elizabeth Hayward, Phoebe Flarty, Captain James Cook, Captain Arthur Phillip, William Dampier, Dirk Hartog, William Buckley, Deborah Ellam, Bennelong?
Some are convicts, some are navigators and explorers and one is even the first governor of New South Wales. He had the task of setting up the new colony in 1788.
Here they are! Can you figure out who is who? Let us know if you recognise any of these notable people from our history?
We communicated our learning to our parents, family members and our classmates.
The Melbourne Museum is filled with many exciting and wonderful objects from the past. The 3/4 level had an exhausting but exhilarating day learning about the life of our First Australians as part of our history topic. Here are some words that we thought described the day!
In the Bunjilaka gallery we had a lesson and we used Ipad technology to record our learning. Have a listen to some of our work.
Tell us what you think about the Museum and what we did?
Year 3 Students are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We all gathered with our parents and we discussed the following ideas.
How do we really know when some-one is truly sorry? How do we feel when we forgive someone or when we have been forgiven?
We also watched Shrek- That’s what friends are for.Watch this clip and let me know what the real message of this modern day Parable. What is the connection with the Sacrament of Reconciliation?
We just had to show you all the fun we had driving, programming and controlling Sphero.
Watch these video clips and join in our excitement.
We actually learnt more about angles and decimals. Let me know what you think about Sphero. Are they a great learning tool?
The Ode below is said at all ANZAC ceremonies?
‘They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.’
Let me know what ANZAC day means to you? Why should we remember all of the service men and women who have fought in wars in the name of Australia?
In 3/4 we have been studying the events of HOLY WEEK and in particular the events leading to and including Good Friday. We made these conclusions!
We know Jesus suffered and it seems like a really sad story, but it’s one of the greatest stories of all!
Jesus died for everybody’s sins, so now when we ask God to forgive us, and we are truly sorry for what we’ve done, He will act like it never happened. That’s right, He forgets what we did! We try not to repeat the mistakes.
We drew our stations representing what happened to Jesus on Good Friday.
We ask that you reflect on these pictures and think about how his family might have felt seeing Jesus suffer and treated without any dignity!
We would love you to leave us a comment on your thoughts and feelings.
As usual we have been very busy! This week we have learnt how to leave comments on our school blog. The blog is great as we can see what all of the other classes are doing!
In Inquiry we are conducting our own research projects related to the main question, ‘How can we maintain happy hearts, healthy minds and body and harmonious communities?’. We are in the process of creating posters to share our learning.
We watched the story of the ‘The Three Tree’. here are some of our insights.
Thomas’ reflection is, ‘life doesn’t always go as planned’.
Greta said, ‘what ever your dreams, God will always give you something better’.
Chloe’s reflection is, “what ever you dream of, God will give you something that you will love more”.
Watch this moving story let us know your reflection.
These past two week have been filled with lots of learning about each other and getting classroom routines set for future learning to take place. The photos below show how busy we have been asking questions about our InquiRE topic, ‘How can we maintain Happy Hearts, Healthy minds and Bodies and Harmonious Communities?’
As part of getting to know each other we have a created a wall of our qualities.
So, what is a wicking bed? Well it’s essentially a giant “self watering pot” in the form of a garden bed. It is a garden bed designed to draw water up from a reservoir below, through the soil directly to the roots. The students on the 3/4 level decided to create this smart ‘watering pot’ as part of the unit on being Water Wise. The fact that the watering occurs under the ground, there is less evaporation and the water goes straight to the roots, making this an efficient and effective way of watering and saving water.
The students dug out the soil and made a trench, the pipe was laid and then the soil was evenly spread on top. Thank you to Mr Thomas and Moya for helping us with the heavy moving of the soil.
Now it is ready for planting! Ideas are welcome!